“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

17 October, 2017

Director: Martin McDonagh
Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh
Director of Photography: Ben Davis
Frances McDormandWoody HarrelsonSam Rockwell

Synopsis: The mother of a murdered girl takes drastic action in her local community, paying for a series of billboards which paint a stark picture of her suffering while also calling out the local police officers who have failed her.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri Review:

Humour with feelings and more than a few words to say about injustice, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a film from an instantly recognisable director whose boundless sympathy for his characters comes equipped with a heavy dose of violence in a heartbreak comedy that cannot be laid to rest without answers. Manufacturing comic relief out of idiosyncratic buffoonery, Martin McDonagh charms with silliness, creating a solid premise and placing a crowd of characters in a truly inspired situational farce with a melancholic overtone.

A performer with no bounds in a role with endless possibility, Frances McDormand swears and crotch-kicks her way to the Academy Awards, throwing Molotov cocktails and ruining TV broadcasts with her unique style of assertion. Miraculously charming and keen to embrace her mischievous side, McDormand proves once again that she’s a force to be reckoned with, starring in her finest role since “Fargo” which hit theatres a staggering two decades ago; establishing her as a Hollywood icon with immutable quirks, whose ability to hold her own ranks her amongst the finest actors of the last quarter of a century.

Playing to the strengths of a group of well-known performers and mitigating the space between mockery and a deep sense of mourning, “Three Billboards” proves that there’s no film quite like a Martin McDonagh comedy which ebbs and flows with a profound sense of shared suffering. Skewing and reworking family values and sparking conflict but ultimately reconnecting a community through tragedy, the film projects an important message about the coming together of a dysfunctional tribe, proving that not all family share the same blood as the fragility of life becomes evident to those wrapped up in an impossible search for meaning.


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